Create a Custom Pandora Bracelet Just for Her!

Blog_pandoraNeed an extraordinary last minute gift for someone special this Christmas? Pandora offers you the opportunity to create a perfect gift with charms made by skilled craftsmen using the finest materials.

You can be the designer of a one-of-a-kind bracelet that tells the story of your unique relationship with selective charms that fits every moment or personality. With Pandora you will capture her memories in jewelry that will last a lifetime. Commemorate the past year with charms that symbolize her likes, hobbies, and those character traits that you cherish the most. She’ll love you for it!

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Congratulations to Leo’s Perfect Proposal Winners!

Leo’s Perfect Proposal Contest winners, Michael Samuelson and Vanessa Vargas, immediately after their onstage proposal at December Nights.

On Friday, December 6th, one lucky couple experienced the moment of a lifetime. At San Diego’s very own beloved December Nights event at Balboa Park, the winner of Leo’s third annual Perfect Proposal contest took the stage to propose to his girlfriend in front of thousands of people.

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Diamonds and Brides at an Exquisite Weddings Event

A bride models vintage jewelry from Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers at the Exquisite Weddings Fall Launch Party. Photos courtesy of Holly Ireland Photography.
Bridal jewelry from Leo Hamel at the Exquisite Weddings Fall Launch Party. Photos courtesy of Holly Ireland Photography.

It was all about the diamonds at the Exquisite Weddings soirée!

On Thursday, October 24, 2013, Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers attended Exquisite Weddings Magazine’s Fall Launch Party hosted at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. With a collection of different vendors from various bridal industries, Leo Hamel sparkled among the rest with 65 diamond and gemstone jewelry pieces on display.

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November’s Birthstone – Citrine or Topaz?

Vintage citrine and topaz jewelry perfect for the month of November, all currently available in our Leo Hamel showroom.
Celebrate the month of November with citrine and topaz jewelry, currently available in our Leo Hamel showroom.

It’s a battle of the orange gemstones!

Orange topaz, known as “precious topaz” is considered to be the original November birthstone, though citrine has rapidly grown into a popular modern alternative.

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Understanding the “4 Cs” of a Diamond

When it comes to buying an engagement ring, knowing and understanding the “4 Cs” of a diamond can certainly come in handy. Considered the universal method of evaluating a diamond, the 4 Cs can help both consumers and professionals determine qualities and classifications of a diamond that differentiates it from the rest. Standing for cut, clarity, color, and carat, these four characteristics are used to help measure the quality and determine the value of a diamond.

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Watching the Watches of James Bond

Our San Diego Leo Hamel showroom currently has this preowned collector's Omega Seamaster Chrono Diver James Bond.
This preowned collector’s Omega Seamaster Chrono Diver James Bond is currently for sale in our San Diego showroom.

The name is Bond, James Bond. But, what’s the watch?

The mysterious and debonair 007-agent has fascinated and intrigued pop culture for more than 50 years. First created by the author Ian Fleming, James Bond has morphed into one of the most recognizable gentlemen spies that men everywhere emulate, including his stylish fashion choices. So, what’s the watch brand that accompanies 007 on his missions around the world?

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Changing Colors for October’s Opal Birthstone

Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers has a large selection of opal jewelry ranging from vintage rings to vintage earrings.
Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers has a large selection of opal jewelry ranging from vintage rings to vintage earrings and more!

A change of season calls for a change of colors with October’s opal birthstone.

Opals, classified as precious gemstones and sedimentary stones, are formations of non-crystalline silica gel. Known mostly for their often brilliant color display, no two opals are alike due to a variable interplay in their internal structure.

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Little Boy Saves Quarters for Mom’s Birthday

Our youngest customers, 10 year-old Franco Cozza, and his sister, Isabella Cozza, saved up money for their mother's 50th birthday gift from Leo Hamel!
Franco Cozza and his sister Isabella saved up money to buy their mother’s 50th birthday gift from Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers!

A full piggy bank can go a long way towards getting a diamond for Mom!

Here at Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers, we recently had the pleasure of serving two of our youngest customers, Franco and Isabella Cozza, who had diligently saved a little over $100 to help pay for their mother’s 50th birthday present.

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On Bended Knee for the Perfect Proposal

This Hearts On Fire® Sensation 0.94 ctw diamond engagement ring will be awarded to the winner of Leo's Perfect Proposal contest!
This Hearts On Fire® Sensation 0.94 ctw diamond engagement ring will be awarded to the winner of Leo’s Perfect Proposal contest!

It’s the moment that many people dream about their whole lives—that moment that their soul mate will drop to one knee to propose marriage. But how did the tradition of proposing on bended knee come to be?

Though the origin is still unknown, kneeling in front of a woman during a marriage proposal became customary during the time of chivalry and knighthood. At the time, bowing was an established tradition for a knight in order to show obedience to his master or mistress. Similar to bowing to royalty or to a victorious enemy, kneeling during a marriage proposal would elevate the woman to a superior position as the man revealed his humility.

The implication behind this gesture continues today as the kneeler offers themselves completely to their partner, providing the intended with the opportunity to determine the ultimate fate of their relationship by saying “yes!”  Continue reading